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A03477 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    January 29, 2019
        Introduced  by M. of A. CYMBROWITZ, ORTIZ -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of
          JAFFEE,  LUPARDO,  TITUS -- read once and referred to the Committee on
          Racing and Wagering -- committee  discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered
          reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

        AN ACT in relation to establishing the legislative task force on respon-
          sible gaming
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Legislative findings. a. The legislature hereby finds  that
     2  the  2012-2013  New  York state budget amended the state constitution to
     3  allow for non-tribal  casino  gaming  in  New  York.  It  also  included
     4  provisions  to create a New York state gaming commission, as a result of
     5  the merger between the division of lottery and the racing  and  wagering
     6  board.  The  commission  is  charged  with  oversight of the division of
     7  lottery, the division of charitable gaming, the division of gaming,  and
     8  the  division of horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering. This legislative
     9  action consolidated the state's  gaming  regulatory  functions  under  a
    10  single oversight body.
    11    b.  The legislature further finds that the development of policies and
    12  procedures that foster responsible gaming practices by gaming facilities
    13  licensed  or enfranchised by the New York state gaming commission or its
    14  divisions is necessary to mitigate the risks or consequences  associated
    15  with  problem  gambling. The legislature concludes that this can be best
    16  accomplished by the creation of a task force on responsible gaming.
    17    § 2. Legislative task force on responsible gaming.  A legislative task
    18  force on responsible gaming is hereby established to:
    19    (a) Identify policies and programs that mitigate the risks and  conse-
    20  quences  associated  with  compulsive  gambling  and promote responsible
    21  gaming practices for all gaming activities authorized in New York state.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1    (b) Recommend policies and procedures to be promulgated in regulations
     2  by the New York state gaming commission  and  its  divisions  to  ensure
     3  responsible  gaming  in  all facilities licensed or enfranchised by such
     4  commission or divisions.
     5    (c)  Recommend a structure by which all responsible gaming regulations
     6  promulgated by the  commission  or  its  divisions  shall  be  enforced,
     7  including  but  not  limited  to  penalties for violations of regulatory
     8  standards and corrective action.
     9    (d) Identifying methods to measure effectiveness  of  any  responsible
    10  gaming procedures implemented.
    11    (e)  Identify and recommend provisions necessary to ensure responsible
    12  gaming practices to be  included  in  enabling  legislation  authorizing
    13  casino style gaming facilities in New York state.
    14    §  3.  Composition.  The  task  force shall consist of eleven members.
    15  Task force members appointed or designated  shall  have  experience  and
    16  expertise in one or more of the following areas:
    17    1) the prevention of problem gambling;
    18    2) the treatment of problem gambling;
    19    3) administration of problem gambling programs within a gaming facili-
    20  ty.
    21    The  task  force  shall  consist  of eleven members to be appointed as
    22  follows: two members to be appointed by the speaker of the assembly, one
    23  member to be appointed by the  minority  leader  of  the  assembly,  two
    24  members  to  be  appointed by the temporary president of the senate, and
    25  one member to be appointed by the minority leader  of  the  senate.  The
    26  task force shall also include the commissioner of the office of alcohol-
    27  ism  and  substance abuse services or his or her designee, the executive
    28  director of the New York state gaming commission or his or her designee,
    29  the director of the division of lottery or  his  or  her  designee,  the
    30  director  of the division of gaming or his or her designee, the director
    31  of the division of horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering or his  or  her
    32  designee. The chair shall be designated by a simple majority vote of all
    33  members of the task force.
    34    §  4.  Compensation.  Members  shall receive no compensation for their
    35  services but shall be reimbursed for their expenses actually and  neces-
    36  sarily incurred in the performance of any of their duties.
    37    §  5. Report. The task force shall create a final report regarding all
    38  findings and recommendations to be  delivered  upon  completion  of  all
    39  objectives  described  herein,  but  in  no event later than December 1,
    40  2020, to the governor, the speaker of the  assembly  and  the  temporary
    41  president of the senate. At the completion of all duties described here-
    42  in the legislative task force shall be dissolved.
    43    § 6. This act shall take effect immediately.
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